BES in Educational Studies with Emphasis in Educational Games and Simulations Design

Degree Program Description

The BES in Educational Studies with Emphasis in Educational Games and Simulations Design is primarily for students who wish to be involved in education, but do not want to be certified to teach. The emphasis area will fill a need for undergraduate learners to become adept at designing games and/or other technology supported, student-centered learning environments. The degree can be completed 100% online.

Major Program Requirements

The BES in Educational Studies with Emphasis in Educational Games and Simulations Design requires students to complete 120 credit hours.  Students are required to complete all University general education, and University graduation requirements, in addition to at least 24 semester hours of educational core courses and emphasis area course requirements.  

Students must earn no less than a 2.00 GPA, as defined by the GPA of Record. Students must meet the residence requirements of MU and shall have a professional practicum or field experience for academic credit (a minimum of 2 credit hours).  The instructor of record for this experience will be a faculty member within the College of Education and Human Development.  The student must be recommended for the degree by the faculty of the College of Education and Human Development.  At 60 credit hours of completed coursework, students will be required to complete a Graduation Plan that will serve as a preliminary graduation check.  Students must earn 30 of their last 36 semester hours of credit through the University of Missouri in order to obtain the degree.  All courses are offered with online options.  

Educational Core Courses24
ED_LPA 4115Introduction to Learning Spaces3
IS_LT 2222Information Management and the Successful Scholar3
ESC_PS 4115Human Learning3
ED_LPA 3450Introduction to Research in Educational Settings3
or IS_LT 3450 Introduction to Research in Educational Settings
IS_LT 4473Introduction to Project Management3
IS_LT 4361Introduction to Digital Media3
IS_LT 4355Web Design and Development3
IS_LT 4500(coming soon) or ED_LPA 49753
Emphasis Area Content Courses 124
AG_ED_LD 2250Introduction to Leadership3
ARCHST 2220Introduction to CAD3
INFOTC 2620Computer Modeling and Animation I3
IS_LT 4308Game Engine Skills2
IS_LT 4384Designing Games for Learning3
IS_LT 4310Seminar in Information Science and Learning Technologies3
IS_LT 4375Mobile Web App Development3
IS_LT 4387Agile Project Management1
ENGLSH 4510Creative Writing: Advanced Fiction3
or ENGLSH 4520 Creative Writing: Advanced Nonfiction Prose
or ENGLSH 4530 Creative Writing: Advanced Poetry

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Semester Plan

First Year
IS_LT 22223AG_ED_LD 2250 (Social Science)3 
General Education Math Requirement3ED_LPA 41153 
Humanities3ENGLSH 10003 
American History or Government3Biological, Physical, Mathematical Science3 
 15 15  
Second Year
IS_LT 34503IS_LT 44733 
ESC_PS 41153IS_LT 43613 
ARCHST 22203Biological, Physical, Mathematical Science w/Lab3 
INFOTC 26203Writing Intensive Course3 
Biological, Physical, Mathematical Science3Education Elective Course3 
 15 15  
Third Year
IS_LT 43081Writing Intensive Course (3000/4000 level)3IS_LT 43871
IS_LT 43553IS_LT 4375 (coming soon)3 
 13 15 1
Fourth Year
ENGLSH 4510, 4520, or 45303IS_LT 43103 
IS_LT 43843Elective3 
Elective3IS_LT 4500 (Capstone) (Coming Soon)3 
 15 15  
Total Credits: 119

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